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Fargo North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman opened his postgame press conference by thanking the Bison scout team, those players who imitate the week's opponent in practice. Klieman said the scout team offense was key in getting the Bison defense ready for Wofford's intricate triple-option offense. This may be true. Who is anybody to doubt a coach who's won two Football Championship Subdivision national championships and owns a 52-6 record in four seasons as NDSU's coach?
The television ads were running shortly after Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, voted against the Republican tax bill that passed the U.S. Senate. They blasted Heitkamp for opposing the bill, echoing ads that earlier urged her to "do what's right for North Dakota."
Some men claim to be nervous because of all the male entertainment and media titans who've been fired in recent weeks over sexual harassment allegations. "What can we even do anymore?" they wail. "I'm afraid to compliment a woman at the office because she might take it the wrong way and get me fired." While some of this angst might be legitimate, we get the sense some men are just playing the victim. They think "boys will be boys" still plays in 2017.
Fargo University of San Diego coach Dale Lindsey has seen a few things in nearly 50 years of coaching football from high schools to the NFL and everything in between. So losing a Football Championship Subdivision playoff game decisively to North Dakota State, as expected, probably doesn't rank near the top of biggest disappointments in his career. But still, it's not every day you see a coach whose team just lost 38-3 walk into a postgame press conference with a bemused grin on his face. That's what the 74-year-old Lindsey did Saturday evening at the Fargodome.
The most nervous man in all the world might be Mark Hagerott, the $372,000-a-year chancellor of the North Dakota University System who thinks the Russians are spying on him with drones and the Chinese are hacking his email. You never know, but Kim Jung Un might be out to get him, too.
If Dave Piepkorn and Tony Gehrig want to keep their Fargo City Commission seats, they'll have to earn it. The June 2018 election is lining up to be a competitive one with several qualified, experienced and recognizable challengers to the two incumbents. Former three-term commissioner Mike Williams last week announced his candidacy to run for a seat. Williams, who had to give up his spot on the commission because of term limits, has been on the sidelines (although not really) the last two years and said he's ready to serve again.
Leave it up to Democrats to spend their time hand-wringing while Republicans punch them in the face. It's one of the reasons Republicans control Congress, the White House and most of the state governments around the country. Republicans, politically, are mean. Vicious, even. They play to win. This observation is not meant as a criticism, necessarily. It's actually worthy of awe.
There has been much whining and gnashing of teeth the last several years in Fargo on Selection Sunday, the day the Football Championship Subdivision playoff committee announces its bracket for the postseason. The whining and gnashing of teeth has come mostly from North Dakota State fans who believe their team is the target of a conspiracy by the committee. It has also come from media, including yours truly, who believe the committee members don’t pay as much attention to the nuances of FCS football as they should, given their appointment.
Normal, Ill. Jackson Koonce is a southern California kid, but don't let that fool you. The North Dakota State punter showed up at practice on a frigid day last week wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. "He thinks he's tough, which I like," Bison coach Chris Klieman snarked after his team wrapped up the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship with a 20-7 victory over Illinois State on Saturday.
Fargo It's too bad Chris Streveler couldn't play defense for South Dakota. The Coyotes might've had a chance against North Dakota State if that was the case. As it was, USD tackled as if the Bison had the Zika virus, leaving their head coach disgusted and accomplishing the near-impossible task of making the long bus ride back to Vermillion even longer.